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FDP Forum / The Gretsch Forum / Just put TV Jones Classics in my 5420

Big Joe


Sep 5th, 2016 05:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

I decided to swap out the Blacktops for TV Classics. First let me say that the Blacktops are not bad pick ups, but are a little too mid focused for me. I find the sound of TV Classics to be very well balanced and super clean and crisp. However, I found the TV Jones recommendedpick up height settings to be too bright and Trebly for my taste. Using the recommended settings makes the bridge pick up overpowering ( much louder) than the neck. I balanced the volume between both pick ups which basically required the bridge and neck to be set about the same height of 7/32 basically the range TV Jones recommends for the neck pick up. For me this works and most pleasing to my ears. I also set my Tele pick ups at the lower side, especially on the bridge. I am still making some fine tune adjustments to the pick up heights as well as the pole pieces which are very sensitive. I usually do this over the course of a few days to give my ears a fresh listen from day to day. For me this method works the best.

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Eat. Sleep. Guitar.

Sep 5th, 2016 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Filtertron is my favorite pickup.

TVJ makes superb reissues; they are very faithful to the original design--and his QC and consistency of tone is way better than Gretsch's ever was. I have TV Classics in three guitars and they are the bee's knees. Twang, growl, and roar all in one pickup.

The original FT pickups often vary quite a bit in tone and response from one pickup to the next.

Joe Potts
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I'm an old guitar hassler
Sep 5th, 2016 12:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree that the blacktop isn't a bad pickup, but I also went the TV Jones route in my G5422T.

I decided on the SuperTrons rather than the Classics, as I thought they might suit my tastes a little better, but most people seem to love the Classics.

Enjoy that Gretsch! I love mine.

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